Cooke by name, cook by nature

Ultan Cooke, head chef at the Hotel Meyrick. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

Ultan Cooke, head chef at the Hotel Meyrick. Photo: Mike Shaughnessy.

The luxury four-star Hotel Meyrick has announced the appointment of Ultan Cooke to the role of head chef. With a background of Michellin star dining and high end brasserie, Ultan Cooke hails from Galway and studied at the National University of Ireland, Galway. He started his culinary training in Galway. He later moved to London where he worked for John Torode's Smiths of Smithfield, rising to head chef. He worked at Aniar in the period 2013-2015 where he was awarded a Michelin star.

In his role as head chef at the Hotel Meyrick, he will oversee all culinary aspects of the hotel's menus including Gaslight Brasserie, The Oyster Bar, Parlour Lounge, weddings, gala banquets, events, and corporate business. He is currently launching his delicious new autumn menus across all areas in the hotel.

Patrick Murphy, general manager of the Hotel Meyrick, welcomed Ultan Cooke to the growing team. He said: "It’s really great to have Ultan in our kitchen, his talent is very evident, his experience and vision for the hotel will complement the recent changes that the hotel has undergone and the investment that has been made into the hotel. We are excited to show our customers what he and his team can do. His food is something very special.”

Ultan Cooke said: "To become appointed head chef in Hotel Meyrick is an honour, it is an iconic landmark in Galway. I am very passionate about creating and cooking relaxed food, with great attention to detail and quality. Our new autumn menu in the Gaslight Brasserie and Oyster Bar is doing really well with all our customers, especially the local market, I’m looking forward to meeting our customers and helping to make their dining experience at Hotel Meyrick something really special.”

For further information on the Hotel Meyrick check out or to make a booking call the Hotel Meyrick on 091 564041 or email [email protected].


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